Category: Politics

Protests in beirut: “saturday of revenge”.

After mass protests in Beirut, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Diab proposes new elections. Until the mode for this is clear, he wants to remain in office.

Beirut on Saturday: Police fight protesters with huge amounts of tear gas Photo: Hassan Ammar/ap

Protesters have made hangman’s nooses out of wood and rope and placed them in Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut. A young woman holds up a sign that reads "Our government kills." Thousands of Lebanese* demanded the "downfall of the regime" and justice for the victims of the explosion at noon on Saturday.

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Minimum wage in germany: experiment with an open outcome

A minimum wage of 8.50 euros would suddenly give one in six employees more money. But the minimum wage has pitfalls that no one can estimate.

More gross: The minimum wage could also help in the restaurant industry. Picture: ap

Dirk Ellinger can no longer hear the argument with the Irish and their pubs. The Irish have a national minimum wage of 8.65 euros an hour. And the Germans shouldn’t be so concerned with their 8.50 gross, which is currently being fought over, say trade unionists. But Ellinger, chief executive of the Dehoga hotel and restaurant association in Thuringia, sees things rather differently.

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Npd before the european elections: the long death of the npd

Soon the neo-Nazi party in the European Parliament threatens to lose its last significant mandate. The NPD has long since been crushed by the AfD.

The neo-Nazi party’s membership has dropped to 4,000, down from 7,200 a few years ago Photo: reuters

In February, Udo Voigt spoke out for one of the last times in the European Parliament. Guiseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, was a guest. And MEPs appealed to the far-right leader not to lead his country into political isolation, not to "show the grimace of inhumanity" in refugee policy. Then Voigt took to the microphone.

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Npd before the european elections: the long death of the npd

Soon the neo-Nazi party in the European Parliament threatens to lose its last significant mandate. The NPD has long since been crushed by the AfD.

The neo-Nazi party’s membership has dropped to 4,000, down from 7,200 a few years ago Photo: reuters

In February, Udo Voigt spoke out for one of the last times in the European Parliament. Guiseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, was a guest. And MEPs appealed to the far-right leader not to lead his country into political isolation, not to "show the grimace of inhumanity" in refugee policy. Then Voigt took to the microphone.

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Farmer in the uckermark: farm store is a lifesaver

Stephan Zoch is a farmer in a village of 30 people in the Uckermark region. He thinks society has become alienated from agriculture.

Stephan Zoch wants nothing to do with the AfD Photo: private

Stephan Zoch can see it in the beech trees he planted ten years ago. The leaves are too small. It’s not just because of the drought. The beeches that stand by the water also suffer. They simply can’t stand the heat.

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Censorship in serbia: the stodginess of mr. Vucic

In Serbia, websites are attacked, blogs are blocked and bloggers are arrested. Those affected were probably reporting too critically about the government.

Here, only the handshake between Putin and Vucic is censored. Picture: Reuters

Everything seems fine in Serbia. The country started accession negotiations with the EU in January, Belgrade is praised in the West for its Kosovo policy, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is given a statesmanlike welcome as a partner in Vienna, Paris and Berlin.

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Paul virilio has died: thinker of speed

The Frenchman introduced acceleration into philosophy. Virilio was considered one of the most important theorists of post-structuralism.

He was 86 years old: Paul Virilio Photo: imago/Leemage

As has only just become known, the French philosopher Paul Virilio died on September 10 at the age of 86. Virilio, who was trained as an engineer, dealt with the increasing acceleration of technology and the spread of information in his "dromology" or theory of speed – a subject he himself had defined.

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Political debate culture: is the us president mentally ill?

Journalists and psychologists like to diagnose Trump with a mental disorder. This is fatal – for psychiatry and for society.

Insane or insanely rational, doing what his voters expect him to do? Donald Trump Photo: dpa

Michael Wolff’s insider report "Fire and fury. Inside the Trump White House" about Donald Trump’s unstable and immature personality has reignited the debate about the mental health of the US president. "Donald Trump is on his way to dementia," writes Jakob Augstein on Spiegel Online. Psychiatrists and psychologists comment on the question of whether Trump has a mental illness in talk and late-night shows, interviews and newspaper articles.

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Media quete in vienna: austria debates about broadcasting

Media representatives will discuss the future of ORF in Vienna on Thursday and Friday. Among them: Springer CEO Mathias Dopfner.

Where should public broadcasting go from here? Austria discusses Photo: reuters

Nothing less than the future of ORF as a fee-financed public broadcaster is at stake at the media quete in Vienna, which began on Thursday. ORF Director General Alexander Wrabetz, who initially had only the role of a spectator, appeared correspondingly agonized. After all, Media Minister Gernot Blumel (oVP), who opened the event, is a proponent of weakening Austria’s largest media company in favor of private channels.

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Commentary shitstorm rambatz: the yucel reflex

A left-wing politician exaggerates on Facebook, reaps a shitstorm and has to resign her candidacy. A case of narcissistic nationalism.

Not everyone finds anti-German films funny: Christopher Waltz as a Nazi in "Inglorious Basterds. "Photo: dpa

"Scandal before the federal election!" writes the Hamburger Morgenpost. The Berliner Morgenpost speaks of "eclat." No, this time it’s not about the latest provocation by AfD top candidate Alexander Gauland. The culprit this time is Sarah Rambatz, 24, Bundestag candidate for the Hamburg Left Party.

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